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Help foal eating sand?!

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Chesseray H
Nursing Foal
Username: Chaz

Post Number: 18
Registered: 03-2009
Posted on Tuesday, April 28, 2009 - 05:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

My mare and foal are stalled 24/7. So in her stall I have hay spread out for mom to eat and for her foal to sleep on and nibble at. When I turn them out in the arena the foal drops to her knees and starts eating sand!! This has been going on for weeks. I called the vet and he said to put a muzzle on her when she is turned out. Is this a phase? I DON'T want her to sand colic but I almost feel like I should let her do it until it bores her... But I don't what to lose her is the process.... My friend said let nature take its course..I'm so lost and stressed can anyone tell me what to do??
 

Heather Weir
Yearling
Username: Ctcountrygurl

Post Number: 87
Registered: 02-2009
Posted on Monday, May 04, 2009 - 04:32 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hi Chesseray,
Sorry it took me a little bit to write to you but after thinking about what you described I was wondering if you had a salt block available to both of them? She may be looking for a source of salt and minerals if it isn't provided for her...
 

Linda Bauer --Rebel foaled day 333
Breeding Stock
Username: Llazyt

Post Number: 276
Registered: 04-2007
Posted on Tuesday, May 05, 2009 - 08:32 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I keep purina 12x12 blocks out for my horses and my month old filly as been licking it since see was only a few days old. Maybe you could try that.
 

Terry Waechter P.R.E. foals
Breeding Stock
Username: Watchman

Post Number: 691
Registered: 01-2007
Posted on Tuesday, May 05, 2009 - 04:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

salt is needed...but if you are worried, take a fecal sample, put it in a small jar, cover with water and see if sand collects at the bottom of the jar....that will either put your mind at ease or indicate a call to the vet...



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